SC to hear Alok Verma’s plea today
Challenging government order
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear today CBI director Alok Verma’s plea challenging the government’s order divesting him of his duties and sending him on leave in view of graft allegations against him.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi is likely to consider the response of Verma given in a sealed cover on the findings of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in the preliminary inquiry against him.
The bench is also likely to consider the report of acting CBI Director M Nageswara Rao also filed in a sealed cover in the court with regard to the decisions taken by him from October 23-26.
Besides the plea filed by Verma, the court is also likely to hear the PIL filed by NGO Common Cause, which has sought a probe by a special investigation team against CBI officers.
On November 20, the apex court had expressed deep anguish over the purported leak of Verma’s response to the CVC’s findings against him as also the publication of allegations levelled by the agency’s DIG Manish Kumar Sinha in his separate plea.
The court had made it clear that it would not hear any party and would confine itself to the issues red flagged by it. Miffed over the alleged leak of Verma’s confidential response to the CVC’s findings, the court had said it wanted to keep the CBI director’s response confidential to maintain the probe agency’s dignity.